United Way of Santa Barbara County
320 E. Gutierrez
Santa Barbara, CA  93101-1736

(805) 965-8591 (Phone)   |   (805) 962-3461 (Fax)
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22nd Annual Day of Caring
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   More than a thousand volunteers help repair classrooms, shelters and playgrounds, paint over graffiti, organize inventory, build garden beds and plant trees, etc. -- tasks that these local local United Way agencies don't have the money or resources to do themselves.
   "Day of Caring" is an opportunity to help local United Way services with your time and energy on a September Saturday morning. There will be enough tasks to suit everyone who wants to help out, such as envelope stuffing, activities helping children, painting, and cleaning.
   It also marks the kickoff of the Annual Community Campaign which benefits your local "United Way". A free continental breakfast will be served at Page Youth Center to all participants, and if you register in time you'll receive a free T-shirt identifying you as a Day of Caring Volunteer.
   You will be met at your assigned agency by a staff person or volunteer who will organize and supply you with whatever tools you might need. Sunscreen, Hats, water and work gloves are recommended to bring!
Event Category & Type:
    Community Improvement( Misc. Events (No Leisure, Rec. or Sport))
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We Need Volunteers:
   Come enjoy a day of volunteering at various charitable organizations around Santa Barbara County with 1,600 of your neighbors! Start the day at 8 a.m. with an energizing free breakfast & kickoff rally at Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Avenue. Paint, clean, garden and much more at the largest single-day volunteer event in the Tri-County! Participate as a team, individual or family. Children ages 6 years and older are welcome. Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Road, Goleta. Contact Kerstin Padilla at (805) 965-8591 or email kpadilla@unitedwaysb.org; or check our website: www.unitedwaysb.org/dayofcaring

Page Youth Center
4540 Hollister Road
Goleta, CA  93117
Admission:  FREE to All
Phone:  (805) 965-8591
Email:  dayofcaring@unitedwaysb.org
  - United Way of Santa Barbara County Office
Internet:  http://www.unitedwaysb.org/dayofcaring

This event is:
  - Open to the General Public
  - Indoor/Outdoor
  - Handicapped Accessible
  - NON Smoking
  - Cell Phones & Pagers Permitted
  - Cameras & Recording Equipment Permitted
  - NO Pets & Animals Permitted
  - All Welcome
  - Dress Casual
 Recent Buzzes!!
8/19/14 - Over 1500 volunteers are needed to serve the Santa Barbara Community on September 20th
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On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, United Way of Santa Barbara County will hold its 23rd Annual Day of Caring, an opportunity to give back to the local community. Throughout the day, volunteers will help over 40 local non-profit organizations, schools, parks and churches throughout the county of Santa Barbara.
Day of Caring will start with a free Kick-Off breakfast rally, sponsored by Albertsons, at 8:00 a.m. at the Page Youth Center in Goleta. Volunteers of all ages will proceed from the breakfast to community service assignments in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Maria for a wide range of important projects; including cleaning & painting at Casa Esperanza, making adobe bricks for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation at the Presidio, orchard clean up at Alpha Resource Center, and gardening at Monroe Elementary School.
With last years’ volunteer hours estimated to be worth $375,000 in services to the community, Day of Caring continues to have a significant impact on the Santa Barbara community and is a testament to the spirit of our local volunteerism.
We would like to thank our sponsors: Albertsons, BEI Sensors, Montecito Bank & Trust & Easy Lift, and many more!
To receive a free t-shirt, you must register before August 31st. Students qualify for four hours of community service.  Website
8/14/14 - Calling All Volunteers to participate in the 23rd Annual Day of Caring!
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On Saturday, September 20th, United Way of Santa Barbara County will hold the largest single-day volunteer event in the Tri-Counties. Join over 1,600 of your friends and neighbors as we provide over $375,000 worth of work in 4 hours! Now, more than ever, non-profits need your help painting, cleaning, gardening, and more. Be a part of this high-octane event! Register today by logging onto unitedwaysb.org/doc. Sponsored in part by Albertsons, Cox, Montecito Bank & Trust, BEI-Sensors, Union Bank, Bank of America and ParentClick.com Feel the energy!   Website
7/23/14 - United Way’s Young Leaders Society will Celebrate Five Years of Success with Sunset Cruise!
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United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Young Leaders Society celebrates its 5th Anniversary with a sunset cruise on the Condor Express. The celebration will honor the group, which was formed in 2009 to provide community involvement, encourage philanthropy and provide personal development opportunities for young professionals. The price of attendance is free for members & $25 for non-members. Must RSVP by July 31st, 2014. The cost includes a raffle ticket, appetizers, music and networking. For more information or to buy tickets, go to: unitedwelead.org or contact Kerstin Padilla at kpadilla@unitedwaysb.org.
This unique and dynamic group offers its members multiple avenues to become involved with various United Way and community initiatives, to directly make a difference in people’s lives, and to ultimately become leaders in our community.
In the last 5 years, members have enjoyed many exclusive opportunities that have positively influenced the lives of the members, program recipients and our community. These events included volunteer projects, such as crafting holiday day cards with seniors and participating at Day of Caring, youth mentoring programs such as United We Read, and national award winning summer learning program Fun in the Sun, networking and business workshops on Leadership & Management, Green Business, Teambuilding and other fun events, such as the annual fundraiser United We Bowl.
The goal of United Way’s Young Leaders Society “YLS” is to promote and encourage philanthropy and volunteerism amongst the young leaders of Santa Barbara County, through participation in a variety of social, educational, volunteer and networking opportunities… and to have fun while doing it!
Presented by ... United Way of Santa Barbara County
Venue ... Condor Express - SEA Landing  Website
4/2/14 - You're invited to United Way's 91st Annual Award Celebration
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Please Join us in honoring outstanding efforts of the Santa Barbara Community. This annual dinner recognizes local organizations and individuals for contributing to the community and United Way activities. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore.   Website
3/28/14 - Bi-Annual United for Literacy (UFL) Reading Plus Roundtable -- Tuesday @ Fess Parker's Doubletree
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Educators and community volunteers from all parts of Santa Barbara County will gatherto share and discuss best practices and strategies to improve literacy in our local community. Our Spring Roundtable presentation will focus on the newly-implemented Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and is designed for teachers, administrators, and those wanting to learn more. The roundtable environment will stimulate engaging discussion with audience participation. Your voice can be heard! Kindle Drawing + Complimentary Drinks and Refreshments.
This event's featured speakers are: Amy Alzina, Principal, Adams School: "Technology Integration with Common Core" ..... Casie Killgore, Principal, Franklin School: "Integrating Curriculum and Teaching in Rotations."
Presented by ... United Way of Santa Barbara County
Venue ... Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort  Website
10/24/13 - Save the Date! Young Leaders Society Bowl-A-Thon -- 11/15
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It’s time to dust off your bowling shoes and get some friends together to join us for our 4th Annual United We Bowl. (United We Bowl is our annual fundraiser for United we Read, and other valuable community programs.)
Where: Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond When: Friday, November 15th from 6-7PM Registration & Mingling. 7-9 PM Bowling Cost: $30 per bowler, $180 per team (6 bowlers). Price includes shoes, 2 hours of bowling and a raffle ticket. More raffle tickets may be purchased. Lots of cool raffle items – Costume challenges available for purchase to make it a bit more fun
The goal of United Way’s Young Leaders Society is to promote and encourage philanthropy and volunteerism among the young leaders of Santa Barbara County, through participation in a variety of social, educational, volunteer and network opportunities.
Presented by ... United Way of Santa Barbara County
Venue ... Zodos Bowling & Beyond  Email   Website
10/4/13 - 22nd Annual Day of Caring – Making a Difference in Santa Barbara County
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On Saturday, September 28, 2013 United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) coordinated the 22nd Annual Day of Caring volunteer event. At 8 a.m. volunteers gathered at the Ben Page Youth Center and enjoyed the Albertsons’ Kick Off Breakfast.
At the kick-off, the Dos Pueblos Drumline marched into Ben Page Center followed by the Santa Barbara City College Cheer Squad to rally volunteers and create excitement. First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal said a few heartfelt and encouraging words to the volunteers, followed by the San Marcos High School Madrigals performing the National Anthem. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteers helped local non-profit agencies with “hands-on” work assignments.
Over 1,400 volunteers participated, including young people from local schools, families, churches, community service groups and workplaces at over 45 sites across the Tri-counties. The largest team for the 4th year in a row was Santa Barbara City College, led by Lisa Lopez. Some of the largest work sites included Goleta Valley Beautiful at San Marcos High School, Alpha Resource Center, Santa Barbara City College, Shoreline Park and Angels Bearing Gifts. Projects varied between landscape work, planting, painting, habitat restoration and office work throughout Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Ynez. The work that was done in just four hours equals to more than $260,000 worth of improvements to the Santa Barbara Community. Save the date for next year’s Day of Caring: Saturday, September 28th, 2014.
Breakfast Kick-Off Sponsors: Albertsons Cornerstone Sponsor: Easy Lift Transportation, Metropolitan Theatres, Montecito Bank & Trust, Pacific Coast Business Times, Page Youth Center, ParentClick.com
Pillar Sponsors: Bank of America, BEI Sensors, Classic Party Rentals, Cottage Health System, Home Improvement Center, Karl Storz Imaging, Inc., K-Lite, La Arcada Investment, Lockheed Martin, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara News-Press, Union Bank
For more information on Day of Caring or United Way, please visit www.unitedwaysb.org/dayofcaring  Website
5/23/13 - United Way’s 90th Annual Awards Honors the Community!
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United Way of Santa Barbara County hosted its 90th Annual Awards Celebration at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Montecito, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. This annual dinner recognizes local organizations and individuals for contributing to the community and United Way activities, such as its Fun in the Sun program. The event was made possible partially by the Biltmore’s and Floral Ambiance’s generous sponsorships. First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Master of Ceremonies, was assisted by Cynder Sinclair, CEO of Nonprofit Kinect in presenting the evening’s awards.

Special appreciation was given to Anne Smith Towbes as outstanding “Fun in the Sun Individual of the Year”; Montecito Bank & Trust, Community Impact Organization of the Year; and Union Bank, for their continued outstanding employee & corporate participation in helping United Way reach their community driven 10-year goals.

A total of 30 awards were given to local volunteers, as well as businesses, schools, organizations and the individuals that lead them for their outstanding support of United Way of Santa Barbara County and its numerous programs in the Santa Barbara Community.

2013 Annual Award Winners
Outstanding Leadership Workplace - AGIA Insurance Services
Outstanding Division Award Education - UCSB
Outstanding Division Award Public - City of Santa Barbara
Outstanding Division Award High Tech - ATK Aerospace Systems
Outstanding Division Award Business - Marborg Industries
Outstanding Division Award Finance - Bank of America
Outstanding Division Award Non-Profit - Casa Dorinda
Outstanding Division Award Health - Cottage Health System
Outstanding Division Award Professionals - Automobile Club of Southern California
Most Outstanding Employee and Corporate Campaign - Union Bank
Outstanding Fun in the Sun Individual of the Year - Anne Smith Towbes
Outstanding Fun in the Sun Organization of the Year - Assistance League of SB
United for Health Partner of the Year - Salud Carbajal and his Field Representatives
Financial Empowerment Individual of the Year - Rachel Bishop
Financial Empowerment Organization of the Year - UCSB
United For Literacy Individual of the Year - Stan Roden & Phyllis de Picciotto
United For Literacy Organization of the Year - Cleveland Elementary School
Community Impact Individual Champion of the Year - Mark Alvarado
Community Impact Organization Champion of the Year - Montecito Bank & Trust
Westside Project Individual of the Year - Santos Escobar
Westside Project Organization of the Year - BEGA Lighting
Outstanding Day of Caring Partner - Mentor Worldwide
Young Leader of the Year - Kelly Schon
Largest Overall Campaign - County of Santa Barbara
Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager 1-100 Employees - Christine Whitefoot
Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager 100-250 Employees - Susan Martony Taylor & Vicky Johnson
Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager More than 250 Employees - Ryan Lopez
Alexis de Toqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy - Selby & Diane Sullivan
Outstanding Volunteer of Time, Talent & Treasure for Individual Leadership Giving - Amber Ortiz
Legacy Supporter of the Year - Ross Bixby

About Us:
United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that "in our community, everyone has a hopeful future." Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC's local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health

Photo Attachment: Mary Jean Vignone & George Leis from Union Bank accepting the “Outstanding Employee & Corporate Campaign” award from Paul Didier   Website
4/5/13 - Tomorrow! -- Mega Tax Day & Resource Fair
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Free bi-lingual tax return preparation and filing for individuals & families earning less than $53,000 -- United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Financial Empowerment Partnership is hosting its annual Mega Tax Day and Financial Literacy Resource Fair to help Santa Barbara County residents alleviate the financial stress of tax preparation and returns. Trained, experienced, IRS certified volunteers will provide free income tax return preparation and E-Filing for those with 2012 incomes under $53,000.
In addition, the event offers a variety of resources on how to plan and save for emergencies, college, and retirement. Participating organizations and businesses will be giving out prizes for visiting financial literacy tables. Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County 1st District Supervisor, and Helene Schneider, City of Santa Barbara Mayor, will make a short presentation at 11:00am.
Please come prepared with: Social Security card or ITIN no., W-2 forms, 1099 if applicable/ documents on all forms of income, childcare provider information (name, address, tax number), picture I.D., and bank routing/account number for direct deposit of refund.
In 2012, United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Financial Empowerment Partnership prepared approximately 2,300 returns that dispersed $4.3 million dollars in refunds. As of March 1st, 2013, United Way’s Financial Empowerment Partnership (FEP) has prepared approximately 1,500 tax returns, disbursing $2.2 million dollars in refunds! All free tax preparation activities are completed by IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparers.
Venue: United Way of Santa Barbara County.  Website
9/12/12 - Sign up for the 21st Annual Day of Caring -- This Saturday
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If you haven't signed up yet, there is still time. This is your opportunity to give back to amazing organizations in our community! You'll be helping out with your co-workers, friends, family, classmates, plus many potential new friends!   Website
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